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Wheelchairs, Classroom For Centre

Wheelchairs, Classroom For Centre
Acting Prime Minister and Attorney-General Aiyaz-Sayed Khaiyum with Fulton Hogan Hiways representatives and Frank Hilton Organisation’s Early Intervention Centre teachers and students in Brown Street, Suva on May 11, 2018. Photo: Office of the Attorney-General
May 12
11:00 2018

Mr Sayed-Khaiyum said if persons with disabilities were not being looked after then they were not accorded the dignity and the rights they were entitled to as human beings.

Government’s intervention and assistance was praised yesterday as Frank Hilton Organisation students, parents and specialists gathered to mark the launch of mobility devices ser­vices and the opening of the new classrooms at the Hilton Early In­tervention Centre.

The Early Intervention Centre was made possible through a Gov­ernment grant of about $120,000.

The mobility devices services, which included wheelchairs, was successful through a grant by Ful­ton Hogan Hiways of about $23,000 for the acquisition of a shipment of 100 paediatric wheelchairs.

Parent Salome Loco, 36, whose son, Ovini, attends the centre, was filled with emotions saying that as a parent it was truly encouraging to note that the Fijian Government was able to meet the school’s needs.

Ms Loco said the Government was able to deliver on time and be able to prioritise the new infrastruc­ture among other pressing needs around the country.

Ovini, 6, suffers from mild autism and Ms Loco said she was thankful for the assistance provided by the organisation, the Government and Fulton Hogan Hiways.

“This will generate a high sense of assurance that the learning needs and development of our children with special needs remains part of Government’s focus and today’s occasion is a timely reminder of this,” she said.

Acting Prime Minister and Attor­ney-General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum said under the Constitution there were specific rights for persons with disabilities.

“It is the first time we have that in any of our constitutions. It is some­thing to celebrate,” he said.

“It is a fact that it places a particu­lar duty and obligation for the Gov­ernment to ensure that we do not leave out people with disabilities.”

Mr Sayed-Khaiyum said if per­sons with disabilities were not be­ing looked after then they were not accorded the dignity and the rights they were entitled to as human be­ings.

Edited by Epineri Vula

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